Most people already have the perfect device for tracking their cycling and following great cycling routes. Their mobile phone. The only problem is the majority of the time they just leave it in their pockets and don’t think about it until they get a call reminding them to pickup some milk on the way home. If you are an iPhone or Android user then you can easily duplicate the functionality of a £300 – £400 device for the price of a bike mount and perhaps a mobile charger. In the video below I take a look at the Mobile Power Station from Mobile Fun.
I’ve covered all the things you need to turn your mobile phone into the perfect cycling computer before:
- iPhone bike mounts
- Cycling apps for the iPhone
- iPhone bike apps
- Using GPS coordinates for cycling
- Android cycling apps
The great thing is that compared to spending £300+ on a Garmin GPS you get most of the functionality (minus heart rate monitor) for around £40. Which is the cost of a good bike mount. I know I mostly talk about the iPhone as that is the only device I have but you can replicate most of these techniques on any phone. Unfortunately Nokia devices and so forth have been a little slow to catch on to the application market so your best bet if you don’t have an iPhone is an Android.
Have you thought about doing this? Is there anything holding you back? Or do you just not really not care about tracking your cycling!? Leave a comment…
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